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SCHO0OL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND SOCIOLOGY
National University of Ireland, Galway
Academic Year 2011-2012
A GUIDE FOR FINAL YEAR STUDENTS
Contents Page Number
Key Dates for Semester 1 2011-2012 2
Introduction and General Information 3-7
Programme Structure and Requirements 8
Core Modules: Timetable and Descriptions 9-10
Option Modules: Timetable and Descriptions 11-21
Core Modules: Timetable and Descriptions 22
Option Modules: Timetable and Descriptions 24-36
Essay Entry Form (Semester 1) 38
Essay Entry Form (Semester 2) 39
Option Module Sign-Up Forms 40-41
Key Staff Members for Final Year:
Kay Donohue, administrator (room MY308) handles brief queries, dispenses documentation and keeps track of where the rest of us are.
Michael Donnelly, academic coordinator (room MY307) handles sign-up/registration issues (especially for options) and reception of work to be handed in
Donal Igoe, final year tutor/coordinator (room MY313) handles academic and other personal issues and problems and deals with request for extensions to deadlines.
Professor Chris Curtin is head of the school.
The School of Political Science and Sociology is located on floor 2 of Aras Moyola in the northern part of the campus.
KEY DATES FOR SEMESTER 1 2011-2012:
To maximise your chances of getting into your preferred option module, download the sign-up form from page 40, fill it in after consulting the option list on page 11 and hand in at the launch/sign-up session on Tuesday September 6th at 3.00 p.m.
* Signing up with the School of Political Science and Sociology for any option module and registering with the University and are separate, although interdependent, processes.
You must both sign up for option modules with the School of Political Science and Sociology and follow the registration procedures laid down by the University administration.
We reserve the right to de-list students who attempt to register for an option without first signing up with the School
Core modules are assessed by formal examination administered by Exams Office. Option module assessments vary, but typically include in-class exams, mid-term papers and final essay.
SOC & POL TIMETABLE FOR SEMESTER 1, 2011-12:
Orientation and sign-up* session Tuesday September 6th
for final year.
Core modules start: Wed./Thurs September 7th/8th
Option modules start from Monday September 12th
University registration* closes Friday September 30th
Teaching ends Saturday 26th, November, 2011
Deadline for final essays Monday, 28th November, 2011
In option modules
Study Week 28h November 2011
to Sunday, 4th December 2011
Formal Examinations begin Monday, 5th December 2011
Formal Examinations end Friday, 16th December 2011
Christmas Vacation Sunday 18th December 2011
to Sunday, 8th January 2012
* Signing up with the School of Political Science and Sociology for any option module and registering with the University are separate, although interdependent, processes.
You must both sign up for option modules with the School of Political Science and Sociology and follow the registration procedures laid down by the University administration. We reserve the right to de-list students who attempt to register with the University administration for an option without first signing up with the School
TIMETABLE FOR SEMESTER 2, 2011-12:
Teaching begins Monday January 9th, 2012
Teaching ends Saturday 31st March
Deadline for final essays Monday 2nd April, 2012
in option modules
Study Week begins Monday 2nd April
Easter vacation Sunday 1st April-Thursday 12th April 2012
Formal Examinations begin Friday, 13th April, 2012
Formal Examinations end Friday, 11th May 2012
Information about term and formal examination dates are reproduced from websites of Registration and Examinations Office and should be cross-checked against them
Welcome back to university and Soc & Pol. Please join us for a general introductory meeting on Tuesday September 6th at 3.00 p.m. in the O’Flaherty Theatre This is both an information session and a signing-up for options session, so it is extremely important that you be there.
If you are repeating modules or are returning from a period away from the Galway campus, whether on a year abroad or for other reasons, it is vital that you make individual contact with the Mr Michael Donnelly or the Final Year Tutor/Coordinator as soon as possible.
In the final year of the undergraduate programme, we offer students in the School of Political Science and Sociology four obligatory Core Modules and a large number of Option Modules to choose from. 3BA1 (Arts), 4BA4 (International) and 3BA5 (Environment and Society/Youth and Family Studies) students are required to take 2 Core Modules and 1 Option Module per semester, a total of 6 modules over the year.
Core Modules and Option Modules
The Core Modules contribute to a more in-depth understanding of society and politics in both the Irish and international contexts. By combining theoretical and empirical perspectives on a wide range of issues, students are encouraged to critically evaluate the themes, topics and questions built into each module (i.e. development and change, political and social theory, and public and social policy).
With Option Modules, we offer approximately twenty modules per semester, and these modules provide an ideal opportunity to acquire specialist knowledge in a range of subject areas, as well as providing the opportunity for a more active approach to learning than is possible in the large lecture format. Students are advised to sign-up on time as the number of places per module is strictly limited.
As option modules are relatively specialised and thus require the expertise of specific staff members, the School regrets that the provision of specific modules may have to be curtailed at short notice.
Attendance, Participation and Academic Honesty
Students are strongly recommended to attend all Core Module lectures and are required to attend Option Module lectures/seminars. In the case of the latter, without weekly participation (i.e. by keeping up with the prescribed or recommended readings and by making a contribution to class discussion) it is highly unlikely that students will produce work of a standard expected from small-group teaching and learning.
Please beware of plagiarism: it is a serious offence resulting in heavy penalties. In brief, plagiarism is copying someone else’s work, whether from a published book, the internet, lecture notes, or another student, and presenting it as one’s own work. It also includes paraphrasing text very closely.
When submitting essays, students are required to sign a form confirming that the essay is their own work (these can be found on pages 38-39 of this booklet).
The range and depth of material covered in final year means that getting a good result in your degree demands sustained work throughout the year. Moreover it is your responsibility to inform yourself of the tasks required in your modules. The large role given to essays in assessment for option modules means that it is vital to select an essay topic and start work on it early in the semester.
Assessment of Core Modules
For assessment, core modules rely primarily or exclusively on formal sit-down examinations scheduled and administered by the Examinations Office of the University during the examination weeks at the end of each semester. Repeat examinations for those failing or deferring core examinations are held in August. Information about these examinations is available from the Examinations Office website. Any further queries should be addressed to Examinations Office.
Assessment of Option Modules:
Unlike core modules, the system for assessment in option modules varies from module to module and is described in the option module descriptions below. Assessment procedures for most option modules are NOT organised by Examinations Office but by the instructor.
Therefore, if you fail (or defer) your overall assessment in an option module, then the process for undergoing later assessment is different from that for core modules. See below for details.
The deadline for submitting final essay in a semester one option module is 4.00 p.m. on Monday of the study week before semester 1 exams.
Submission of final essays after the deadline, without prior authorisation via an extension from the final year tutor/coordinator or a deferral, is subject to penalty of up to 5% per day overdue.
Deferrals and extensions:
An extension, which can be granted only by the final year tutor/coordinator, allows a student to delay for a relatively brief period the submission of a piece of work for assessment.
A deferral, which can be granted only by the Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, is a more formal permission for a student to delay an assessment process in one or more modules for a brief or prolonged period.
Getting an Extension:
Extensions to deadlines for final essay can be granted only for good cause and only by the Final Year Tutor/Coordinator. Students seeking an extension must see the tutor/coordinator in person and must fill out the prescribed form. The form must be attached to the essay on submission.
Failing, repeating and deferring assessments:
If you fail (or defer) your overall assessment in an option module, then the process for undergoing later assessment differs from core modules.
If you fail or defer a core module, then repeat examinations are held in August. These exams are scheduled and administered by the University Examinations Office, in the manner with which you are familiar from first and second years. Most option modules are different.
If you fail (or defer) your overall assessment in an option module, you will be offered an opportunity to undergo assessment at the time of the August repeat examinations, usually just before them. While you must ensure that you register for the repeat examinations with Exams Office, you may not be taking a conventional sit-down exam but you will have to submit work as arranged with the instructor in your option module. It is vital that you consult with your option instructor as soon as you are aware of a fail grade, a deferral or other reason for repeating. The standard deadline for submitting such repeat assessment work is: 2.30 p.m. on the Thursday of the last week before the week in which sit-down repeat examinations start. The standard location is the designated office in the School of Political Science and Sociology.
If you have failed or deferred an assessment, you must start sustained preparation for the repeat assessments as soon as possible. We ask for all repeat assessment work for options to be handed in before the start of the formal examinations in core modules because, once these formal exams start, there is no time for other academic work.
Academic Honesty, Citation and Plagiarism
As well as claiming credit for your own academic work, common decency demands that you give credit to others for their work. Accordingly, when you use someone else’s work in an essay or elsewhere, you must indicate that fact by proper citation. In this way you
The School is reasonably tolerant with regard to choice of citation style used by students, provided that it conveys the necessary information. However our preferred style is the Harvard citation style, which is described in considerable detail in a booklet: Jane Mulligan and Siobhan Carroll eds., Guide to Citing and Referencing published online at http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/media/nuig_lib_ref_guide.pdf by the James Hardiman Library
Plagiarism is a serious offence resulting in heavy penalties. If you are unsure about what plagiarised work is, then consult the year tutor or any member of academic staff.
In brief, plagiarism is copying someone else’s work, whether from a published book, the internet, lecture notes, or another student, and presenting it as one’s own work. It also includes paraphrasing text very closely. Plagiarism is both theft and fraud and is very heavily penalised. Written work will be considered plagiarised whether it is wholly or partly copied, and irrespective of whether it is copied from one or multiple sources.
When submitting essays, students are required to sign a form confirming that the essay is their own. work (these can be found on pages 38 - 39 of this booklet). Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to submit written and unsupervised work without the essay entry form attached.
The NUIG Code of Practice for Dealing with Plagiarism is available at the following web-address: http://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/Plagiarism.html
Difficulties, Decisions and Appeals:
If you encounter difficulties with a module or more generally, then your instructors, the final year tutor/coordinator, and the academic coordinator are there to help and should be contacted.
Moreover the School is committed via the final year tutor/coordinator to working with representatives selected by the class and affiliated to the Student Union. If you wish to serve as a class representative, please let the final year tutor/coordinator know so that a selection process can be organised.
The activities of the School are under the direction of the Head of School, Professor Chris Curtin with whom issues can also be raised. You can of course appeal any decision of the final year tutor/coordinator to him.
As a constituent unit of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, the School is subject to the oversight by the Dean, Dr. Edward Herring. If you are unhappy with any decision within the School of Political Science and Sociology, you can approach him. The Dean’s Office is located in the Arts Millennium Building.
Moreover the Examinations Office administers a system which deals with complaints about examination results. Details of this are available from their website.
Programme Structure and Requirements
3BA1 (Arts), 4BA4 (International) and 3BA5 students are required to take 2 Core modules and 1 Option module in Sociological & Political Studies per semester, a total of 6 modules over the year.
3BA6 students should contact their program coordinator. They should also indicate on their option sign-up form how many option modules they propose to take in Sociological & Political Studies each semester.
Passing Final Year:
Students must pass all modules or courses in each subject, with Sociological and Political Studies being one subject. It is possible to fail one module in Soc & Pol and still pass the module (and thus Soc & Pol) by compensation, but compensation requires that the student must have at least 35% in the failed module, and must have a surplus of marks (above pass level) across the modules passed cleanly in Soc & Pol equal to the deficit.
Start-up Arrangements for Final Year
THERE WILL BE A SERIES OF INTRODUCTORY LECTURES FOR ALL FINAL YEAR SOC & POL STUDENTS STARTING ON TUESDAY
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